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Texas man arrested for allegedly slapping a 12-year-old boy, teased stepdaughter

James Peace was arrested last week for allegedly hitting a child.
(Deer Park Police)

A Texas man who was arrested for allegedly slapping a 12-year-old boy reportedly said Tuesday he reacted after his stepdaughter told him that a boy had bullied her.

James Peace, 37, Deer Park, was arrested and charged with injury to a child under 15. He told KHOU-TV of the incident with the boy got out of hand when the Peace confronted him.

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His step-daughter, Presleigh Rigney, told KHOU-TV she was bullied by 12-year-old and said the boy had told her she looked “transgender” and with that he flung ice cream at her.

She said when she told her parents, her stepfather came to pick her up at school and wanted to “have a word with him,” according to the station.

Video obtained by police showed the Rest struck the boy, he walked to the house, and knocked his headphones out of his ear, the station reported, quoting a police complaint.

“I wish it would have gone otherwise, maybe I should have, you know, (said): ‘where are the parents?'” Peace told KHOU-TV. “I probably should’ve walked him home and spoke with his parents, but I didn’t know where his mouth was taking him, and as I said, if I’m not harassing him, and what they did to her every day.”

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Peace, said he is ready to deal with all the consequences coming his way after the incident.

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